japan Operation Tomodachi - Tohoku Earthquake Relief

North Eastern Japan


12-mar-11    to    04-may-11





On 11 Mar 2011, an M9.0 earthquake struck Japan offshore, c 70km east of Tohoku at c 15km depth. The shaking lasted over 5 minutes and after c 55 minutes the first Tsunami rolled ashore.

The earthquake is claimed to have moved the whole of Honshu island c 2.5m to the east and lowered its northern coastline by an average 0.6m. This was a contributing factor to the overtopping of the protective bunds surrounding the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant, which subsequently suffered a Level 7 Nuclear Emergency.

Japanese and US forces were mobilised in support and the US committed the USS Ronald Reagan to act as an offshore Command Center, refueling point and distribution centre for humanitarian aid supplies. Approx 25 ships. 24000 personnel and 190 aircraft were committed by US Forces.

A team of c 150 urban search and rescuers with their dogs from California joined with c 60 rescuers from the UK and conducted operations in Kamaishi and Ofunato looking for survivors until 18 Mar.


Units

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DatesRotary Wing Aircraft UnitModels
    mar11 to may11 US Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 265 US Marine Corps 107M H-46 Sea Knight
    mar11 to may11 US Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron FOURTEEN US Navy MH-53E Sea Dragon
    13mar11 to may11 US Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron Two Three US Navy S-70 H-60


Not all models shown may have taken part in the Operation




Ships

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ClassesShips
Aircraft Carrier (Nuclear Powered)  Improved Nimitz class   United States Naval Aviation CVN-76 USS Ronald Reagan,
Guided-Missile Cruiser  Ticonderoga VLS class   United States Naval Aviation CG-62 USS Chancellorsville, United States Naval Aviation CG-63 USS Cowpens, United States Naval Aviation CG-67 USS Shiloh,
Guided-Missile Destroyer  Arleigh Burke Flight I class   United States Naval Aviation DDG-54 USS Curtis Wilbur, United States Naval Aviation DDG-56 USS John S. McCain, United States Naval Aviation DDG-62 USS Fitzgerald, United States Naval Aviation DDG-63 USS Stethem,
Guided-Missile Destroyer  Arleigh Burke Flight IIA class   United States Naval Aviation DDG-85 USS McCampbell, United States Naval Aviation DDG-88 USS Preble, United States Naval Aviation DDG-89 USS Mustin,
Command ship  Blue Ridge class   United States Naval Aviation LCC-19 USS Blue Ridge,
Assault Carrier  Wasp class   United States Naval Aviation LHD-2 USS Essex,
Landing Ship/Platform Dock  Whidbey Island class   United States Naval Aviation LSD-42 USS Germantown, United States Naval Aviation LSD-46 USS Tortuga,
Landing Ship/Platform Dock  Harpers Ferry class   United States Naval Aviation LSD-49 USS Harpers Ferry,
Support Ship  Supply class   United States Naval Aviation T-AOE-10 USNS Bridge,
Support Ship  Lewis and Clark class   United States Naval Aviation T-AKE-7 USNS Carl Brashear, United States Naval Aviation T-AKE-9 USNS Matthew Perry,
Support Ship  Henry J. Kaiser class   United States Naval Aviation T-AO-197 USNS Pecos, United States Naval Aviation T-AO-204 USNS Rappahannock,



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